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[ang-kuh l] /ˈæŋ kəl/
(in humans) the joint between the foot and the leg, in which movement occurs in two planes.
the corresponding joint in a quadruped or bird; hock.
the slender part of the leg above the foot.
before 1000; Middle English ankel, enkel (cognate with Middle Low German, Dutch enkel, Old High German anchal, enchil, Old Norse ǫkkul); Middle English anclowe, Old English anclēow(e) (cognate with Middle Low German anclef, Dutch anklāw, Old High German anchlāo) Unabridged
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Examples for ankles
  • Wedge sandals are sandals but have the ankles higher as if wearing a high heels shoe.
British Dictionary definitions for ankles


the joint connecting the leg and the foot See talus1
the part of the leg just above the foot
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse; related to German, Dutch enkel, Latin angulusangle1
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Word Origin and History for ankles
O.E. oncleow "ankle," from PIE base *ank- "to bend" (cf. Skt. angam "limb;" see angle (n.)). The modern form seems to have been infl. by O.N. ökkla or O.Fris. ankel, which are immediately from the P.Gmc. form of the PIE root (cf. M.H.G. anke "joint," Ger. Enke "ankle"); the second element in the O.E., O.N. and O.Fris. forms perhaps suggests claw (cf. Du. anklaauw), or it may be from infl. of cneow "knee," or it may be dim. suffix -el.
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ankles in Medicine

ankle an·kle (āng'kəl)

  1. The joint between the leg and foot in which the tibia and fibula articulate with the talus.

  2. The region of the ankle joint.

  3. The anklebone.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ankles



To walk: I ankled over to the bar

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beaten down to the ankles

[perhaps in part from angle, cited fr 1890s in sense of ''to walk'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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